November 28, 2012

DIY Elephant Key Hooks

They say an elephant never forgets, and I don't know if that's true, but I do know that with these DIY elephant key hooks you'll never forget where you put your keys! I spotted these miniature elephants at my favorite craft store, Michaels, and knew I needed to make something with them. I thought that their little trunks would be perfect for hanging a set of keys, so I set to work turning them into key hooks. This project is inexpensive and very easy to do.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Plastic Elephants / Piece of Wood / Hammer and Nails OR Drill and Screw / Spray Paint / Frame Hangers / Box Cutter or Small Saw


To start, find a piece of wood to use as your base. I used a piece of driftwood that I found at the beach. If you use driftwood make sure you clean it first and then let it dry. Once it's dry, spray paint it whatever color you'd like. I made mine white.


Next, you'll need to cut your elephant in half. Be forewarned that this step is very sad to look at, but the elephants are just plastic so it's ok! I used a box cutter to cut through the plastic, but I would imagine that a small saw would also do the trick.


Once your elephants are all cut, bring them outside and spray paint them gold. Though we're just going to be using the front halves of the elephants for this project, I'd go ahead and spray paint their butts too! You could make a second set of key hooks with them and use the tails to hang the keys. Or, if you want to wait a little while, you could keep your eyes peeled for the future tutorial on Creative Soul Spectrum to see what I did with mine!


Now, use a ruler to evenly mark the placement of your elephants. I set mine to be 3.5 inches apart.


Drill a small hole in the backside of your elephant to make it easier to nail it onto the wood. Hammer the nails into the driftwood until they're flush with the wood. (I think that drilling screws through the driftwood and into the elephants would be a good option to try for this step too.)Then add frame hangers to both ends of the wood. Flip over your piece of driftwood and line up the holes you drilled into the elephant with the nails sticking out of the board. Push the elephant into the nails until they are touching the driftwood.


And now you're done and ready to hang your piece right by your door!




         

29 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I have been hunting for plastic animals for ages so that i could try something like this, but i never seem to be able to find any. :)

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    1. Thank you Laura! Michaels has all different kinds of animals so I bet you'll have luck there! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Walmart, Toys R Us... hell, I got some at dollar store..

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  2. How brilliantly creative!!! I would love to make this someday soon!!! Thanks for sharing and your gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Elizabeth! I hope you do try it, good luck!!

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  3. Just saw this on Craft Gawker and had to come check it out! I've seen a lot of plastic animal crafts but this is by far the best! Thanks for the inspiration, I will have to try this out!

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    1. Aww thanks Sarah! I'm so glad you stopped by to check it out! Happy Creating! :)

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  4. These are so fun! I just love how the trunks hold up the keys. And, you know 'an elephant never forgets', so you'll never forget where your keys are again! ;)

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    1. It's true, you can't forget your keys with a key holder that's this cute! Thanks Erica!!

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  5. so cute!! I love elephants too - this is perfect! :) looks easy to do too

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    1. Thank you Kate! It is easy to do, I hope you try it!

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  6. this DIY is so awesome, loved it so much!

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  7. Love this! Thank you Pinterest! Now that I have found you I will follow you always ;)

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    1. Yayyy! So happy to have you following along Shaune! Seriously, Pinterest is the best.

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  8. What did you do with the butts??

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    1. haha I will be doing a post about the elephant butts sometime in the future ( I wanted to spread the posts out a bit). You'll probably see something in January or February.

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  9. THAT is freakin awesome! I'd be sat to cut elephants in half too ;).

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    1. haha Lisa it was seriously so sad! But they're still cute now so it's all good :)

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  10. That's so cute! And I love the elephant butt magnets as well. I'm definitely going to try this.

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  11. Love it!!! Look expensive and interesting at the same time!!

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  12. Wow! How creative! Really fun.

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  13. I love it. I have all kinds of elephants but had never seen something like this before. I gotta make it.

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  14. Nice read! I really liked the designs.

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  15. Omg so amazing DIY! I will definitely try this out ;)

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  16. I like the front half of the elephant for the front door....and the back end for the back door in the kitchen ;)

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  17. Holy Moly..........It took me forever to find you so I could use the original link.......I love it.
    http://cowiescraftandcookingcorner.blogspot.ca/2014/03/elephant-key-hooks.html

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